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Forum: Nikon RF 06-22-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,149
Posted By JohnM
The 135 will not cost you much, Dez - be patient...

The 135 will not cost you much, Dez - be patient and one will float past.

There was one on ebay last week and it failed to sell with a $98 opening bid. I paid $80 for mine.
Forum: Nikon RF 05-31-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,432
Posted By JohnM
I bought one from heavystar - hood and cap was...

I bought one from heavystar - hood and cap was about...
Forum: RFF News 05-22-2009
Replies: 71
Views: 8,276
Posted By JohnM
I think 215 feedbacks is a pretty solid number --...

I think 215 feedbacks is a pretty solid number -- if I was entering into a deal where the other guy has 215 positive transactions, I'd be comfortable.

As it pertains to RFF, I'm always more...
Forum: RFF News 05-21-2009
Replies: 71
Views: 8,276
Posted By JohnM
Given his reaction, Tony, you're probably better...

Given his reaction, Tony, you're probably better off this way.

Cheers.

John
Forum: Nikon RF 05-17-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,929
Posted By JohnM
It's actually pretty good. It's not as bright as...

It's actually pretty good. It's not as bright as the S3-2000's finder, but it solves that camera's biggest issue - a lack of contrast in the viewfinder patch.

Obviously, it's a 1:1 finder with just...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-12-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 6,083
Posted By JohnM
I used the Roscolux Swatch Book to find a blue...

I used the Roscolux Swatch Book to find a blue filter similar to the one used above -- I bought it at B&H for $1.95. It's actually pretty cool - there are dozens and dozens of filter samples in it...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-09-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 6,083
Posted By JohnM
This worked brilliantly. Highly...

This worked brilliantly. Highly recommended.

Thanks, Jon.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-24-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 3,495
Posted By JohnM
At a high school basketball tournament at...

At a high school basketball tournament at Farleigh Dickinson Univ. a few years back, I dropped a Canon 20D.

We needed some pics of kids who were being recruited mostly by Big East schools -- easiest...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-18-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 6,513
Posted By JohnM
S3 2000 - 211730

S3 2000 - 211730
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-18-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,248
Posted By JohnM
If it's truly unused, it should probably stay...

If it's truly unused, it should probably stay that way. Doesn't make much sense to pay a premium for something that you're going to depreciate immediately.

Collectors do serve a purpose -- always...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-26-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,452
Posted By JohnM
I think there is just a little extra play in it....

I think there is just a little extra play in it. (If that makes sense.) The action is quite light - just needs a tweak, perhaps. Understand that I am absolutely nit-picking here - the re-issues are a...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-26-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,452
Posted By JohnM
I had an S2 CLA'd by Pete Smith (FocalCamera or...

I had an S2 CLA'd by Pete Smith (FocalCamera or something like that) in Florida - I basically got his name off of someone where.

It cost $150, plus $15 shipping. The turnaround was about eight days....
Forum: Nikon RF 03-22-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,452
Posted By JohnM
They have been discontinued, but I'm pretty sure...

They have been discontinued, but I'm pretty sure they are still in stock at CameraQuest, PhotoVillage and B&H. ($199 all around.)
Forum: Nikon RF 03-21-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,452
Posted By JohnM
As Tom said, if you stick to the basics, you can...

As Tom said, if you stick to the basics, you can get into a nice Nikon kit for not much money. I picked up an S2, a variable focal finder, 50/2, 35/2.5, 105/2.5 - and then had Pete Smith CLA the body...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-21-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,452
Posted By JohnM
An entry into Nikon rangefinders is surprisingly...

An entry into Nikon rangefinders is surprisingly inexpensive. If you're patient, an S2 with a 50/1.4 can be had on ebay for $450+. The "bang for the buck" there is off the charts.

I think Jon is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-16-2009
Replies: 38
Views: 2,918
Posted By JohnM
If whoever inherits the camera has any luck, the...

If whoever inherits the camera has any luck, the teeth will produce an aesthetically-pleasing brassing.

I'm not going to buy one, but it's an attractive set. Always thought the olive-colored Bessas...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-14-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,235
Posted By JohnM
The Craigslist around here routinely has some...

The Craigslist around here routinely has some wild prices - a week or two ago, someone was selling a "vintage" Nikon FG for $600.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-13-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,342
Posted By JohnM
Where in New York?

Where in New York?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-10-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 2,519
Posted By JohnM
Thanks for the PMA pictures - interesting stuff.

Thanks for the PMA pictures - interesting stuff.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-08-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,419
Posted By JohnM
The black ones are very hard to find - I think...

The black ones are very hard to find - I think they're back-ordered most everywhere.

As far as I know, B&H Photo has a couple of silver ones in stock.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-08-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2,333
Posted By JohnM
Probably a hijacked account.

Probably a hijacked account.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-04-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,716
Posted By JohnM
Of course not - anything with the Copal square...

Of course not - anything with the Copal square was very loud.

But I had the 400/SL so that's what I commented on....and it was a clattering, crashing event when the shutter was released.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-04-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,716
Posted By JohnM
Ah, Vivitar. I used to have an old Vivitar...

Ah, Vivitar.

I used to have an old Vivitar 400/SL -- people who worry about how loud their shutters are should have tried to use the 400/SL.

That Copal square shutter made "discreet" photography...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-03-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 1,960
Posted By JohnM
It's working perfectly for me. No problems at all.

It's working perfectly for me. No problems at all.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-02-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 6,113
Posted By JohnM
I had it and sold it. There was nothing that I...

I had it and sold it.

There was nothing that I did not like about it -- it just sort of fell between the cracks. The lenses just were not there to make it a viable replacement for my Canon DSLR....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-01-2009
Replies: 77
Views: 5,708
Posted By JohnM
My knee-jerk reaction was that the original...

My knee-jerk reaction was that the original poster probably had unrealistic expectations. But then I gave the pictures a good look - they are misleading at best.

He is not out of line addressing...
Forum: RFF News 02-26-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,155
Posted By JohnM
Yes, the search feature needs to be able to...

Yes, the search feature needs to be able to search on words that are fewer than three letters and the 30 seconds between searches can be really annoying.

But those are small details - really happy...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-25-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 5,839
Posted By JohnM
I don't think there is much difference between...

I don't think there is much difference between the performance, build or weight of the two Voigtlander lenses. I don't know where you are, but Photo Village in NYC has the 21, 25 and 28 in stock for...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 02-22-2009
Replies: 2,235
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 252,529
Posted By JohnM
Great feedback for... Steven Schwartz - Steven...

Great feedback for...

Steven Schwartz - Steven bought a Nikon S2 from me last month. Great transaction - Steven is honest and pleasant to deal with.

scottwallick - I sold Scott a wide angle lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 4,073
Posted By JohnM
Best - a black dial S2, black versions of the...

Best - a black dial S2, black versions of the 35/2.5, 50/2 and 105/2.5 with hoods, caps and cases, a variable focal finder and a Sekonic light meter for $800 and change. (Consigned by an estate at my...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-21-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 5,839
Posted By JohnM
The black lens is lighter.

The black lens is lighter.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-21-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 5,839
Posted By JohnM
The Nikon viewfinder is fine in low-light. The...

The Nikon viewfinder is fine in low-light. The focusing patch in the M3 is brighter than in the S2, but in my experience, (and I am relatively new to Nikons), it does not translate as being easier or...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-20-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 6,287
Posted By JohnM
I loved everything about that camera until I had...

I loved everything about that camera until I had to look through it.

If I didn't have my eye dead center, the rangefinder spot washed out and I did not like the low-mag 50 framelines. It went out...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-20-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 5,839
Posted By JohnM
kid - the best thing about these old rangefinders...

kid - the best thing about these old rangefinders is that if you buy it and don't like it, you can usually sell it and get most or all of your investment back.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-12-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,352
Posted By JohnM
They do say they have a cleaning compound in the...

They do say they have a cleaning compound in the black tip - when you put the cap on, you're supposed to give it a half-twist to replenish it. I don't know what the effect would be on a small scratch...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-06-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,039
Posted By JohnM
The 21 will become a 42. (FOV)

The 21 will become a 42. (FOV)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-03-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,221
Posted By JohnM
He actually was not there every day -- I've seen...

He actually was not there every day -- I've seen him near Radio City as well. ("One for $5...Five for $20!" Great British accent.)

I remember reading once that he had married into quite a bit of...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-29-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 6,179
Posted By JohnM
Why wouldn't they make prime lenses? First,...

Why wouldn't they make prime lenses? First, they're in business to sell such things and second, they've already done it with the initial 4/3rds effort. Olympus, Panasonic and even Sigma have prime...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-28-2009
Replies: 49
Views: 3,411
Posted By JohnM
That lens went through a seven-day auction last...

That lens went through a seven-day auction last week with no bidders at $249. That would not have happened a year ago - even as grimy as it seems to be in the other pics.

Great lens - I highly...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-24-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,394
Posted By JohnM
1905-ish actually sounds about -- Voigtlander...

1905-ish actually sounds about -- Voigtlander would advertise these as companions to the Kodaks of the day.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 01-24-2009
Replies: 2,235
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 252,529
Posted By JohnM
A longish list.... Positive Feedback for...

A longish list....

Positive Feedback for --

Wray - Traded a pile of filters for a Nikon lens. Very cool guy to deal with.

CourierCam - Jim bought a Nikon S body from me. Really pleasant, easy...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-21-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,394
Posted By JohnM
My best guess is that it is a version of the...

My best guess is that it is a version of the Petzval lenses that Voigtlander copied for use on stuff like this....

http://www.dtristramludwig.com/collection.html
Forum: Olympus RF 01-20-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 2,912
Posted By JohnM
John Hermenson at CamTech in Long Island repaired...

John Hermenson at CamTech in Long Island repaired mine a few years back. He specializes in vintage Olympus stuff -- I've been pretty happy with him over the years.

The website is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 3,807
Posted By JohnM
I agree. If he aimed to show some personality,...

I agree.

If he aimed to show some personality, I think he failed. Most of the subjects seemed ruffled and uncomfortable - with some exceptions. He didn't seem to be brave enough to show awkward...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 3,807
Posted By JohnM
It's impressive how he made nearly ever subject...

It's impressive how he made nearly ever subject look uncomfortable -- it's as if he had someone just off set rake their fingers down a blackboard just before he pressed the shutter.

And a new tailor...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-09-2009
Replies: 64
Views: 5,519
Posted By JohnM
I have a bad habit of buying too many camera bags...

I have a bad habit of buying too many camera bags and too many compact digital cameras. I keep hoping that they're going to invent the small digital that answers all of my prayers. As a result, I've...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-05-2009
Replies: 64
Views: 5,594
Posted By JohnM
I bought mine for $668 from B&H Photo. The black...

I bought mine for $668 from B&H Photo.

The black and the blue G1s were $699 - the red was about $30 cheaper, so that's what I bought.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-24-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 7,596
Posted By JohnM
The S2 and the S1.6 are essentially the same...

The S2 and the S1.6 are essentially the same camera. The 1.6 came out about two years after the S2. I have had them both, (still have the 1.6), and they were carbon copies inside and out.

A cheap S2...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-18-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,355
Posted By JohnM
I think I found the site three or four years ago...

I think I found the site three or four years ago after a Google search on rangefinders. Not sure what camera I was interested in, but even though the site only got a couple of posts a day back then,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-01-2008
Replies: 67
Views: 3,486
Posted By JohnM
It's beautiful. If they make it, I'll buy it.

It's beautiful.

If they make it, I'll buy it.
Forum: Off Topic 06-26-2007
Replies: 222
Views: 28,220
Posted By JohnM
I have a Trek 5500 OCLV - very stiff, but still...

I have a Trek 5500 OCLV - very stiff, but still manages to be comfortable.

Had a Specialized Stumpjumper until about a year ago....still have no idea what happened to it, but it ain't here any more.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 06-25-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 8,442
Posted By JohnM
I acquired a 35/2 Biogon a while back in trade...

I acquired a 35/2 Biogon a while back in trade for a Rolleiflex - I was really, really impressed with everything about the lens....except that focusing "tab". It's needlessly sharp and...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-25-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 1,305
Posted By JohnM
Straps are good - not dropping it is better. I...

Straps are good - not dropping it is better. I would also try not to dunk it in any bodies of water and if possible, set it aside and pick up your SLR if you ever need to batter a bandito into a...
Forum: Off Topic 06-24-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 898
Posted By JohnM
If you're making them with a pre-mix, it won't be...

If you're making them with a pre-mix, it won't be all that important which brand of tequilla you use. The mix tends to dominate the result. Just buy one of 'em and have fun.

If you were starting...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2007
Replies: 46
Views: 2,819
Posted By JohnM
If you absolutely needed it and didn't have a...

If you absolutely needed it and didn't have a margin of error for used lens, I'd consider buying new. I grabbed B&H prices because I know they ship quickly, but I'm sure you could get the same...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-23-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 5,306
Posted By JohnM
What camera was that lens made for? 60mm seems...

What camera was that lens made for?

60mm seems like an odd focal length.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2007
Replies: 56
Views: 2,968
Posted By JohnM
Based on your criteria, I think an M6 would be a...

Based on your criteria, I think an M6 would be a good choice.

Buy one - try it out and if it isn't what you want, you can basically sell it for whatever you paid for it.

That is the great part...
Forum: Off Topic 06-21-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By JohnM
Old Nikkor glass ages well. Classic film cameras...

Old Nikkor glass ages well. Classic film cameras age well.

Digital ages poorly.
Forum: Off Topic 06-21-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By JohnM
Honestly, with a seven-year old digital, I would...

Honestly, with a seven-year old digital, I would replace it as opposed to repairing it. I don't even think I would spend much time thinking about it either.
Forum: RFF News 06-21-2007
Replies: 131
Views: 11,998
Posted By JohnM
I'm with Frank. It ain't broke.

I'm with Frank.

It ain't broke.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 1,058
Posted By JohnM
I have the 0.85x and have no problems with the...

I have the 0.85x and have no problems with the 35mm framelines either. They're out towards the edges, but not far enough to where I have any difficulty seeing them.

If you're certain that you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-17-2007
Replies: 27
Views: 1,875
Posted By JohnM
I never really cared how it looked, but the only...

I never really cared how it looked, but the only thing I did not like about the M2 was the frame counter. You can forget to reset it, rub it off of the correct count, etc. It always struck me as a...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-17-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,756
Posted By JohnM
Where is the seller located? (I'm not a...

Where is the seller located? (I'm not a registered user of that site...cannot see the classifieds as a result.)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-07-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,225
Posted By JohnM
Honestly, I have no idea why the serial number is...

Honestly, I have no idea why the serial number is desirable - was also unaware that the poster was touting his own auction. Would not have commented had I known that.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2007
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By JohnM
In my experience, Sherry Krauter has been a lot...

In my experience, Sherry Krauter has been a lot faster than she had been in the past - I've been getting lenses back about 10-14 days after I send them to her. (Have sent a half-dozen lenses to her...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,225
Posted By JohnM
The auction still has 6+ days to go - it's not...

The auction still has 6+ days to go - it's not going to be cheap by the time it ends.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-29-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 1,533
Posted By JohnM
You need a tripod reducing bushing - B&H Photo...

You need a tripod reducing bushing - B&H Photo sells them for $1.95.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-29-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,664
Posted By JohnM
Wayno and Colyn nailed it - would wager there's a...

Wayno and Colyn nailed it - would wager there's a 99% chance you're not threading the film through the rollers.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-28-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 4,574
Posted By JohnM
I've owned them both. I've had the Zeiss for only...

I've owned them both. I've had the Zeiss for only about ten days - traded a Rolleiflex for one on a whim.

There is no shortage of 35/2 Summicron info out there, so just some brief comments about...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-27-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,311
Posted By JohnM
I'm with Gabriel here - are you sure you can't...

I'm with Gabriel here - are you sure you can't see the 50 framelines in the M3? If you can't see those, I think you're going to have a lot of trouble seeing the 35mm framelines in your M2 when the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,077
Posted By JohnM
One thing that I found interesting last fall - I...

One thing that I found interesting last fall - I wanted to take some photos of the bridges that cross the Hudson River. (Wanted some prints to hang in the den.)

I figured there might be some...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-24-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,622
Posted By JohnM
Good luck on reason number four, Oleg!

Good luck on reason number four, Oleg!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-04-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 4,723
Posted By JohnM
Yup, the Tessar is a giveaway - Bay I. Sweet...

Yup, the Tessar is a giveaway - Bay I. Sweet little lens, though! Krikor Maralian told me there are tons of Rollei's out there with mixed and matched parts - a friend of mine has a 2.8E with a dollop...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-04-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 4,723
Posted By JohnM
Interesting - I wonder if it isn't a...

Interesting - I wonder if it isn't a frankenstein...where someone took parts from 3.5E to repair some other type.

Just to reassure myself, I got out the owner's manual for my 3.5E - yep, it's a Bay...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-04-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 4,723
Posted By JohnM
If you have a 3.5E, it takes Bay II filters. (At...

If you have a 3.5E, it takes Bay II filters. (At least mine does.)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-22-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
Posted By JohnM
I would not want to. It doesn't have framelines...

I would not want to.

It doesn't have framelines for the 135 and even trying to "imagine" the framelines inside of the 90 framelines would not be all that accurate or remotely enjoyable to try

What...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 04-15-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,098
Posted By JohnM
Hmmm....I thought it took 48mm filters?

Hmmm....I thought it took 48mm filters?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-15-2007
Replies: 81
Views: 4,357
Posted By JohnM
I still cannot see where it would be beyond the...

I still cannot see where it would be beyond the realm of possibility that Cosina would eventually introduce a digital rangefinder. I almost consider it more likely than not.

From the release...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-14-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 3,643
Posted By JohnM
Sort of on the topic - been trying to order a...

Sort of on the topic - been trying to order a Rollei strap for a couple of weeks and Luigi's email seems to be down.

I wouldn't use the old cracked leather straps I have at gunpoint these days. I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-14-2007
Replies: 81
Views: 4,357
Posted By JohnM
Given that Cosina has already worked on a digital...

Given that Cosina has already worked on a digital rangefinder with Epson, I think you can take Mr. K's 'not interested in digital' quote and file it in the can somewhere.

Given that the film camera...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-11-2007
Replies: 60
Views: 2,633
Posted By JohnM
There is always the option to go completely crazy...

There is always the option to go completely crazy and buy the CV 12mm....;-)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-11-2007
Replies: 60
Views: 2,633
Posted By JohnM
To some extent, it almost looks like buying stuff...

To some extent, it almost looks like buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff. If you have and like the ZM 25, do you really need the 21 and 28? I don't think you'd use the 15 a lot, but at least it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-11-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 3,448
Posted By JohnM
They are back-ordered - when they get them in...

They are back-ordered - when they get them in stock, they move them very quickly.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-10-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 2,229
Posted By JohnM
I have owned three Rolleis - a T, a 3.5A and a...

I have owned three Rolleis - a T, a 3.5A and a 2.8F. I still have the latter two and I dearly miss the former.

The Rollei T - sort of underrated, I think. The lens is plenty sharp enough, has a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-24-2007
Replies: 82
Views: 7,730
Posted By JohnM
If memory serves, those are not the first...

If memory serves, those are not the first pictures Melanie has posted from her Rollei - past efforts were also eye-popping.

Gene - really cool. Nice work.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-22-2007
Replies: 82
Views: 7,730
Posted By JohnM
Wow - look at our new toy! A TLR Forum!!!

A TLR forum - thanks, Stephen!
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 03-21-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 952
Posted By JohnM
I have the 35/2 - I tried the HeavyStar 40.5...

I have the 35/2 - I tried the HeavyStar 40.5 step-up ring and a couple of different lens shades and they all vignette on the Canon.

I don't even bother anymore - flare doesn't seem to be a major...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 03-18-2007
Replies: 55
Views: 3,975
Posted By JohnM
One guy. Most call him Jorge - Stephen Gandy...

One guy.

Most call him Jorge - Stephen Gandy calls him George.
Forum: RFF News 03-06-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 5,450
Posted By JohnM
I would definitely contract some of the forums....

I would definitely contract some of the forums. There's 'forum bloat' at play on that left side menu.

My opinion - fewer is better.

As such, I would....

Combine the 120 RF, Mamiya 6, Mamiya 7, 120...
Forum: RFF News 03-06-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 7,302
Posted By JohnM
I do not know what happened to his reviews. I do...

I do not know what happened to his reviews.

I do not know Herr personally, but I did send him something to help out and we received a very nice card and note from him today.

Thank you to whoever...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-05-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 986
Posted By JohnM
They are definitely coated - I am almost certain...

They are definitely coated - I am almost certain they were single-coated. Very hard, resilient coating - resisted scratching very well.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-05-2007
Replies: 108
Views: 7,936
Posted By JohnM
The way I read it, only one Leica was DOA and one...

The way I read it, only one Leica was DOA and one had some issues with a battery connection. Six 1Ds' died in the rain - only three came back and three stayed dead. Add to that three 5Ds and a couple...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-05-2007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,328
Posted By JohnM
If you can afford it, a CLA is never a bad thing.

If you can afford it, a CLA is never a bad thing.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-04-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 2,069
Posted By JohnM
I don't know who the technician was and you can...

I don't know who the technician was and you can take my advice with a grain of salt, but that is well beyond what I would pay for a 1951 Tessar. I don't think that model is one of the more valued...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 03-03-2007
Replies: 55
Views: 3,975
Posted By JohnM
Stephen gave us his reasoning - that's all the...

Stephen gave us his reasoning - that's all the communication that was needed. The decision was his to make so let's respect it and move on.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-03-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,846
Posted By JohnM
You really seem to have most of your bases...

You really seem to have most of your bases covered and then some. I'm not sure what you can squeeze in unless you really need to burn the coupon - maybe the new 28 or the Tri. Seems like overkill,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-03-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 864
Posted By JohnM
In the M-mount, the M3, M2, M4, M6, M7, MP and...

In the M-mount, the M3, M2, M4, M6, M7, MP and whatever other Leica M exists are all very quiet. All of the Leica and Canon screwmounts are pretty quiet as well.

I don't own one anymore, but the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By JohnM
1) I have a long standing rule/resolution of only...

1) I have a long standing rule/resolution of only keeping two rangefinder cameras. It is a rule I routinely break, but I do try to avoid having cameras around that I don't use or that I don't really...
Forum: Argus RF 03-02-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 9,377
Posted By JohnM
1) You are mad. 2) Wow, that is very cool -...

1) You are mad.

2) Wow, that is very cool - thanks for posting it.

Really nice results. Love reading this sort of stuff and seeing the results.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-01-2007
Replies: 71
Views: 4,009
Posted By JohnM
lol....did he just compare a Leica to a Fuji...

lol....did he just compare a Leica to a Fuji Finepix?

My daughter loves ours - she's 3.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-01-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By JohnM
The M2 did move to the RFF side of...

The M2 did move to the RFF side of town....:rolleyes:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-01-2007
Replies: 71
Views: 4,009
Posted By JohnM
I don't think much of the 2007 Chevys. I gotta be...

I don't think much of the 2007 Chevys. I gotta be honest, I'm no fan of the Argus or the Zorki either. Not sure I would still be in rangefinders if they were my first and onlys - sorta like trying...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2007
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
Posted By JohnM
Never a rangefinder photograph. However, I've...

Never a rangefinder photograph.

However, I've had a dozen or so photographs in various sports magazines - all photos of high school basketball players heading to big schools or the NBA. (LeBron...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-27-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 2,681
Posted By JohnM
Once, at the Catskill Game Farm in upstate NY....

Once, at the Catskill Game Farm in upstate NY. Another fellow there was using a pair of M6s and he approached me when he saw that I had an M3 and a Bessa - he was more interested in the olive R2. (I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-26-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 6,650
Posted By JohnM
Is he using an M8 or a D-LUX?

Is he using an M8 or a D-LUX?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,011
Posted By JohnM
The upgrade involves a swapping of the frame mask...

The upgrade involves a swapping of the frame mask subassembly with one that has the MP condenser. It is not really a complicated fix.

To change the magnification, you would basically be changing the...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 02-26-2007
Replies: 2,235
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 252,529
Posted By JohnM
Very happy! Jan is a class act and a pleasure to...

Very happy! Jan is a class act and a pleasure to know and deal with.

Now...can someone get Stephen to fire up a TLR forum for us?!
Forum: Off Topic 02-26-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 900
Posted By JohnM
The new design is okay - they've fumbled the...

The new design is okay - they've fumbled the front page, though.

Still love P.net. The Leica forum is haunted by cranks and doesn't hold a candle to this place, but some of the other forums,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-24-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By JohnM
I would be surprised if that noise is entirely...

I would be surprised if that noise is entirely related to the counter, nor would a normal CLA help much - I've had new ones and they make the same plinky noise as ones that are due for a CLA.

I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-24-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,665
Posted By JohnM
At $3,000-4,000 list, that lens is a really tough...

At $3,000-4,000 list, that lens is a really tough sell in my book. It's a gigantic chunk of money for a gigantic hunk of a lens with a focal length that is a little bit off the beaten path.

Would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-24-2007
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
Posted By JohnM
It seems like you have settled on those two...

It seems like you have settled on those two lenses, so I won't go off in another direction on other makes and models.

I have the newest Summicron - it is a wonderful lens. I highly recommend it. I...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-22-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,508
Posted By JohnM
I have not used one, but I have seen a couple -...

I have not used one, but I have seen a couple - they are in stock at B&H in Manhattan.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By JohnM
I don't expect it, but I'm hoping Canon sets...

I don't expect it, but I'm hoping Canon sets loose a replacement for the 30D that bridges some of the gap between that camera and the 5D. The 30D was really a minor upgrade from the 20D and we're due...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-22-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 3,456
Posted By JohnM
I have had just the opposite experience - I have...

I have had just the opposite experience - I have gotten so tired of the tirekickers and nitpickers on ebay that I'll not sell there again unless I have to.

I've found that I get good, serious offers...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-22-2007
Replies: 68
Views: 5,580
Posted By JohnM
The secret is to dress like your camera. When I...

The secret is to dress like your camera. When I use a black camera, I dress in black and no one can see me. When I use a chrome camera, I wrap myself in aluminum foil and no one can see me.

It is...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-20-2007
Replies: 64
Views: 17,480
Posted By JohnM
JT - Thank you very much for the info - I...

JT -

Thank you very much for the info - I actually work in Bronxville. I'm going to contact Koh and arrange to have the screen changed and the camera CLA'd.

Thanks again.
Forum: Nikon RF 02-19-2007
Replies: 47
Views: 8,269
Posted By JohnM
This is sorta a stupid question, but I can't help...

This is sorta a stupid question, but I can't help myself - is this $12,000 Nikon 21mm an especially good lens, just rare or both?

If anyone here is outbid in their pursuit of the five-figure Nikon...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-19-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By JohnM
Flare was a (really) minor issue when I would use...

Flare was a (really) minor issue when I would use the included mini-hood - the optional square hood basically removes flare from the conversation entirely.
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 02-17-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 5,962
Posted By JohnM
I have a CL and use it essentially a dedicated...

I have a CL and use it essentially a dedicated wide-angle camera. I've rarely used it for anything longer than the 40mm.

It's the only camera I own with a meter and that's a nice change of pace at...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,104
Posted By JohnM
Wow - that is an interesting modification....

Wow - that is an interesting modification. Definitely the work of a mad man...the point of the M3 is the finder.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-11-2007
Replies: 64
Views: 17,480
Posted By JohnM
Is it a worthwhile DIY project? I haven't really...

Is it a worthwhile DIY project? I haven't really looked into it other than to note on one of the repair service websites that he (not surprisingly) advises against doing it yourself.
Forum: RFF News 02-11-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 3,884
Posted By JohnM
The photo on the left makes a great avatar - the...

The photo on the left makes a great avatar - the photo on the right is just a great, great portrait. I'm guessing your family will enjoy those portraits for generations to come. Nice work and thanks...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 02-10-2007
Replies: 43
Views: 4,451
Posted By JohnM
I really, really missed posts like this one....

I really, really missed posts like this one. Welcome back.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-06-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 1,674
Posted By JohnM
Gimmicks have their place, I think. The widest...

Gimmicks have their place, I think.

The widest lens I have and use is a 21mm. I've owned the CV 15mm and sold it and I have used the CV 12mm. I did nothing productive with the 15mm and all of my...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-02-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 603
Posted By JohnM
The meter reads out on the back of the top deck -...

The meter reads out on the back of the top deck - the lights are to the right of the rangefinder window.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-31-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 1,999
Posted By JohnM
I used to and then I realized it was a waste of...

I used to and then I realized it was a waste of time.

As a result, I have two 50's - a current Summicron and an older 50/1.4 LTM. That covers old and new. Not sure of how many more 50s I can use.

I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-28-2007
Replies: 60
Views: 2,887
Posted By JohnM
Egads

Stephen - welcome to death by committee where no good deed goes unpunished. You could hand out golden eggs and someone would complain that they weren't platinum.

I hope you're the patient sort. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-28-2007
Replies: 60
Views: 2,887
Posted By JohnM
Photo.net is not free. I pay yearly for a...

Photo.net is not free. I pay yearly for a subscription.

It's only free if you decide to ignore their written guidelines that frequent users are expected to subscribe.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-28-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 1,035
Posted By JohnM
Describe the southern tier of New York. I'm in...

Describe the southern tier of New York.

I'm in Dutchess County - about 12 miles north of I-84.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-28-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,048
Posted By JohnM
I have never seen coding info listed for the...

I have never seen coding info listed for the 40/2. I think you're probably better off calling a dealer and asking about that particular lens.
Forum: Other RF 01-26-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 2,271
Posted By JohnM
All of these cameras used to be pretty cheap -...

All of these cameras used to be pretty cheap - Canonets used to litter tables at camera shows for $10. Then, I remember a thread on popphoto's website extolling its virtues, (thousands of responses...
Forum: Other RF 01-26-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 2,271
Posted By JohnM
The Konica S and S2 are nice cameras, especially...

The Konica S and S2 are nice cameras, especially the S2. It's a size bigger than the others listed and to my mind, not quite as desirable. (I own a variant of the S2.)

I've owned the S3 and the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2007
Replies: 203
Views: 18,583
Posted By JohnM
This is almost painful to watch - it has got to...

This is almost painful to watch - it has got to be expensive to dive headlong into and out of camera systems the way you do.

Good luck with the sale, Jorge - hope you find something that really...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-23-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 1,881
Posted By JohnM
I have bought every bag in search of the perfect...

I have bought every bag in search of the perfect bag and now I have a closet full of bags that are not perfect. I have backpacks, halfpacks, slingbags, messenger bags, portfolio bags, diaper bags and...
Forum: Off Topic 01-23-2007
Replies: 87
Views: 4,396
Posted By JohnM
I must have gotten the wrong kind of baby,...

I must have gotten the wrong kind of baby, because mine was expensive. Actually, she continues to be expensive three years in. You can definitely save some coin on clothes and the like, but the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-23-2007
Replies: 43
Views: 2,629
Posted By JohnM
Kievs can be a bit of a tough sell. If you buy a...

Kievs can be a bit of a tough sell. If you buy a nice one from a place like Fedka, you'd likely never be able to get that price when you try to resell it.

I bought a Kiev from Fedka - had it CLA'd...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 01-22-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1,903
Posted By JohnM
Four or five years ago, I was at a high school...

Four or five years ago, I was at a high school basketball team taking photos for our sports magazine - not the normal HS basketball game, it was televised on ESPN due in part to the presence of...
Forum: Off Topic 01-22-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,620
Posted By JohnM
I think he has a spotty record - he has not done...

I think he has a spotty record - he has not done well in the photo.net review section.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-21-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,667
Posted By JohnM
I didn't start out to be a collector...

I didn't start out to be a collector either...then I started reading sites like cameraquest and things just seemed to happen after that. *sigh*

Can I blame that ad in Saugus too?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-21-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 820
Posted By JohnM
A lot of competent people can work on it. In the...

A lot of competent people can work on it.

In the past few months, I've had Essex Camera and Sherry Krauter CLA lenses. Both were fine, but I am partial to Sherry these days - she did a remarkable...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 01-20-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 4,963
Posted By JohnM
I have an Auto S1.6 which is an S2 with a f1.6...

I have an Auto S1.6 which is an S2 with a f1.6 lens instead of f1.8.

I rarely use it anymore, but I always liked it. Always thought they were much better cameras than the similarly-sized fixed lens...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-20-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 3,456
Posted By JohnM
It's the seller's right to sell whatever he has...

It's the seller's right to sell whatever he has for whatever he wants. It's the buyer's right to decide not to play along if he thinks the price or the procedure is not worth it. If interested, I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2007
Replies: 23
Views: 1,477
Posted By JohnM
I have both and love both. If you already have...

I have both and love both.

If you already have an M6, I think you would really enjoy the CL. It's so compact compared to the M3 or M6 - it's a joy to carry around and makes a great compliment to the...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 01-19-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,266
Posted By JohnM
I always try to mark my items as sold as soon as...

I always try to mark my items as sold as soon as possible just as a courtesy to others who are trying to sell items.

The sooner I mark my ad as sold, the sooner it comes down out of the cue of...
Forum: RFF News 01-19-2007
Replies: 140
Views: 13,650
Posted By JohnM
Eh. It's a message board, not the New York...

Eh. It's a message board, not the New York Times.

I'm just happy there's someone out there willing to invest the time, energy and money to provide me with this little way to pass some time. I don't...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 01-17-2007
Replies: 39
Views: 2,306
Posted By JohnM
I've recently sold off my Canon P - wonderful...

I've recently sold off my Canon P - wonderful camera. (Just wanted to try something else.)

The bouncing sound is normal and the 35mm framelines are indeed waaaay out towards the edges of the...
Forum: RFF News 01-17-2007
Replies: 162
Views: 11,585
Posted By JohnM
All right, so if I have this straight, Joe is...

All right, so if I have this straight, Joe is putting out a nude calendar, I gotta dance with Todd and we all may possibly be getting new hats.

This is going to be one heck of an announcement.
Forum: RFF News 01-17-2007
Replies: 162
Views: 11,585
Posted By JohnM
I believe Jorge is about to announce, with great...

I believe Jorge is about to announce, with great fanfare, the new TLR forum.

Oh, we'll dance long into the night after that.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-10-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 1,029
Posted By JohnM
With the 35/1.7, I think you're really at the...

With the 35/1.7, I think you're really at the outside of what the camera can do. Perhaps it's just me, but I think it would be extremely difficult to get good results trying to photograph a band in...
Forum: Off Topic 01-07-2007
Replies: 63
Views: 2,598
Posted By JohnM
I would think long and hard about buying a house...

I would think long and hard about buying a house without a garage - especially in the northeast. Forgetting about the convenience of it and the joy of not having to scrape the ice and snow off of...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-31-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,165
Posted By JohnM
I've owned the R3a and the 40mm framelines are...

I've owned the R3a and the 40mm framelines are way, way out towards the edges. Even without glasses, I had to have my eye pretty close in to see them - I can see problems for glass-wearers.

I think...
Forum: Off Topic 12-19-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 692
Posted By JohnM
PM me your address and I'll send you a strap.

PM me your address and I'll send you a strap.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 12-18-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 1,964
Posted By JohnM
Custom Rivedells are works of art - a friend of...

Custom Rivedells are works of art - a friend of mine bought a custom from them a couple of years ago. I don't even want to know what it cost and it took about a year to get it.

It wasn't made by...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 12-18-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 1,964
Posted By JohnM
I suspect it is an issue with the web hosting...

I suspect it is an issue with the web hosting company used to host rangefinderforum. Things get a little crossed up and you went to another customer of theirs'.
Forum: Off Topic 12-15-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 730
Posted By JohnM
Where is the 'shoot' button? I'm huntin' fer...

Where is the 'shoot' button?

I'm huntin' fer snowmen.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-15-2006
Replies: 18
Views: 2,191
Posted By JohnM
I've got a Helios side by side with a Menopta...

I've got a Helios side by side with a Menopta (940015) and they are twins. Slight, slight difference in the ribbing on the aperture ring and the haptics are a bit nicer.

I don't why the Menopta...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-14-2006
Replies: 5
Views: 732
Posted By JohnM
Beautiful slide, Russ. I've frequently shot...

Beautiful slide, Russ.

I've frequently shot slides with my Kiev. I was better off bracketing for a while especially at the low speeds. After a CLA, the shutter speeds were much more accurate.

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2006
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By JohnM
Terrific - looks great. Enjoy the new kit!

Terrific - looks great.

Enjoy the new kit!
Forum: Off Topic 12-13-2006
Replies: 130
Views: 4,687
Posted By JohnM
One camera, one lens for an eternity? For the...

One camera, one lens for an eternity?

For the sake of versatility, it would be my Canon 20D and a 17-40 L lens.
Forum: Off Topic 12-12-2006
Replies: 56
Views: 2,016
Posted By JohnM
Gluhwein - it would translate as a hot spiced or...

Gluhwein - it would translate as a hot spiced or mulled wine.

Wine, sugar, brandy, cinnamon, cloves, oranges, lemons, other stuff - mix em together in some fashion that I cannot remember and then...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 12-09-2006
Replies: 2,235
Sticky: User Feedback
Views: 252,529
Posted By JohnM
Lots of good people.... CBass - Great person to...

Lots of good people....

CBass - Great person to deal with. If you see someone walking around New England with a day-glo orange Kiev, say hi to him.

J Hymes - I don't think he posts, but we've had...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-06-2006
Replies: 39
Views: 2,808
Posted By JohnM
Generally, I usually use one of two 50mm lenses...

Generally, I usually use one of two 50mm lenses on an M3.

My most used lens is the latest 50/2 Summicron, but I have a 50/1.4 Nikkor LTM that's faster and is a little kinder indoors and for...
Forum: Off Topic 12-04-2006
Replies: 10
Views: 923
Posted By JohnM
Someone actually makes such a thing and it's...

Someone actually makes such a thing and it's pretty cheap.

You can see some at stickypod.com and chasecam.com. I've used the Chase Cam Triple Suction mount - it cost us about $50, but it held a...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-01-2006
Replies: 17
Views: 1,658
Posted By JohnM
Photo Connection is a pretty good bet - I used to...

Photo Connection is a pretty good bet - I used to use them pretty frequently when I was at UConn and they were in Willimantic.

As late as last year, they used to have some pretty nice photo...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-28-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 4,228
Posted By JohnM
I've found that the mini-soft release worked...

I've found that the mini-soft release worked better on the Zorki 4 that I have - the normal one crowded the top deck too much.

On later Kievs, either the large or small softrelease worked fine - my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-20-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnM
Sherry Krauter just cleaned my dual-range...

Sherry Krauter just cleaned my dual-range Summicron a month or two ago. It went in with some haze and dust and came out pristine. She also adjusts the lens to tolerances and lubricates whatever needs...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-17-2006
Replies: 58
Views: 5,877
Posted By JohnM
I'm not a Leica basher and I could see myself...

I'm not a Leica basher and I could see myself buying an M8 down the road, but I am a little put off by their response to Popular Photography.

Where I would have expected to have seen an apology, I...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-14-2006
Replies: 19
Views: 4,905
Posted By JohnM
It was actually a pretty interesting article...

It was actually a pretty interesting article about the evolution of optical design with definitions and diagrams of some lens' designs. There was a significant couple of paragraphs about the CV...
Forum: Other RF 11-12-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By JohnM
Terrific camera - something of a Olympus-made...

Terrific camera - something of a Olympus-made Canonet.

The real downside, as mentioned above, is that the helicoidal grease that dampens the focusing ring inevitably leaks onto the aperture blades....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-10-2006
Replies: 44
Views: 3,772
Posted By JohnM
Holy crap - another flaw in a Leica product? Now...

Holy crap - another flaw in a Leica product? Now the MP is leaving a scarlet cast on some fibers? Outrage!

Quite frankly, I don't know how Leica lives with themselves.

(Glad you're okay - I have to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-10-2006
Replies: 0
Views: 785
Posted By JohnM
New York area - free photo workshop

I know it's late notice, but I just saw this in the local paper - there is a free outdoor photography workshop being offered at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York. The grounds are really...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-09-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,712
Posted By JohnM
Why not contact popflash photo? He's a sponsor...

Why not contact popflash photo? He's a sponsor here and seems to have a good rep.

Happy shopping!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-09-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 2,516
Posted By JohnM
I would send it back. Clean, lubricate and...

I would send it back.

Clean, lubricate and adjust means clean, lubricate and adjust. It should focus smoothly and the aperture blades really should be cleaned.
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-09-2006
Replies: 52
Views: 10,833
Posted By JohnM
That is another flaw in the M8's sensor. It...

That is another flaw in the M8's sensor.

It occasionally shows a toy octopus on people's heads.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-07-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 1,582
Posted By JohnM
It's a digital imaging artifact - patterns of...

It's a digital imaging artifact - patterns of lines in the image. (Like digital 'noise', but in a repeated line pattern instead of a random display.) Can be vertical or horizontal, long or short. I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 12,695
Posted By JohnM
Shutter ribbon

Fedka.com, out of NYC, sells the original Arsenal shutter ribbon -

Shutter Ribbon (http://www.fedka.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=49&products_id=315)
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-04-2006
Replies: 7
Views: 1,016
Posted By JohnM
Yup - you'll be fine.

Yup - you'll be fine.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-02-2006
Replies: 38
Views: 3,721
Posted By JohnM
Is there really anyone out there looking for a...

Is there really anyone out there looking for a thousand-dollar Bessa L? Granted, the build-quality is in another orbit, but the question is probably still valid.

The answer is most likely no. When...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-29-2006
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By JohnM
The workshop they use for their CLA's is actually...

The workshop they use for their CLA's is actually up in the Bronx - might be a longer walk for you.

I'm biased as hell towards Fedka. I've had Yuri CLA my Kiev 4a and Zorki 4 in the past couple of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-28-2006
Replies: 31
Views: 2,486
Posted By JohnM
I dunno. My M3 with a 50/1.4 and a 90 feels...

I dunno.

My M3 with a 50/1.4 and a 90 feels lighter and is certainly a heck of a lot less bulky than my 20D with a 30/1.4 and a 60/2.8. The Leica lenses can go in a coat pocket, while the Canon...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2006
Replies: 13
Views: 1,635
Posted By JohnM
Pretty cool. What kind of bike is that? I keep...

Pretty cool.

What kind of bike is that? I keep looking at it and imagining the bottom bracket cracking apart with that back wheel way out there.
Forum: Off Topic 10-25-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 2,180
Posted By JohnM
My company ships out 2-3 dozen packages and...

My company ships out 2-3 dozen packages and overnight letters a day - I've tried them all and UPS has performed the best for us. Love the service.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-24-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 2,569
Posted By JohnM
The GR-d, while nifty, seems like a bit of a...

The GR-d, while nifty, seems like a bit of a niche camera to me. It's pricey for what it is and (grain of salt time) reviewers complained about high noise at virtually all ISO levels.

The 21mm wide...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-22-2006
Replies: 20
Views: 1,898
Posted By JohnM
Sell the CV 50 and the current Summicron. If...

Sell the CV 50 and the current Summicron.

If you cannot pick a favorite between the Hex and the 'Cron, sell the one that will bring you the most in return! (And then spend that on more gear...)

I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-22-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By JohnM
I have a 1983 4am - the fit and finish is not...

I have a 1983 4am - the fit and finish is not great as the tolerances seem to be all over the map, but it works fine where it counts. (Even before I had it CLA'd.)

I would call the later Kievs...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-19-2006
Replies: 164
Views: 5,743
Posted By JohnM
Once in a blue moon, I start to think about an...

Once in a blue moon, I start to think about an MP, but I don't really know what it adds over an M3 (other than a meter and $1,500), so the mood passes.

All I'd really like at the moment is a good...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,342
Posted By JohnM
DAG overhauled my M3 - he does great work. The...

DAG overhauled my M3 - he does great work.

The only reason I used Essex on my P was, honestly, to save a couple of bucks and get it back faster.

Phone for Essex is (201)-933-7272 and the email is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,342
Posted By JohnM
I sent my Canon P to Essex Camera in August -...

I sent my Canon P to Essex Camera in August - came back in very good order. I have no complaints - the bill came to $159.00
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-15-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,179
Posted By JohnM
The hood on my does not retract without some...

The hood on my does not retract without some decent pressure. I did, however, once have a Hexar 50 where the hood fell back very easily. I took a very thin rubber band, wrapped it twice around the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-15-2006
Replies: 11
Views: 1,179
Posted By JohnM
Low-res for fast loading... I do not mind the...

Low-res for fast loading...

I do not mind the built-in hood...makes it very hard to lose!
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-13-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,242
Posted By JohnM
I have a feeling that there aren't that many...

I have a feeling that there aren't that many Menoptas out there - I asked Yuri from Fedka about it and he knows of them, but has not seen one. Then, I checked the serial number of mine against the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-12-2006
Replies: 37
Views: 4,182
Posted By JohnM
I have the Dual Range Summicron and it is...

I have the Dual Range Summicron and it is wonderful - better than the normal Rigid Summicron? Some say yes, some say no...I can't say I've noticed any difference.

My DR Cron was manufactured in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-12-2006
Replies: 14
Views: 1,242
Posted By JohnM
I have both and Mark is right - they are almost...

I have both and Mark is right - they are almost identical with a few subtle cosmetic differences. There are some haptic differences between the lenses - the menopta has a wider ring for focusing and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-08-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 1,401
Posted By JohnM
I pity the smilies.

I pity the smilies.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-08-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 1,496
Posted By JohnM
Can the half-case, neck strap, wrist strap and...

Can the half-case, neck strap, wrist strap and whatever else. That look is dead.

Modify a set of holsters so that they accomodate the Ikons and carry 'em Eastwood-style..."Have I fired off 23 frames...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-08-2006
Replies: 8
Views: 1,401
Posted By JohnM
No cause for pity either way.

No cause for pity either way.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-05-2006
Replies: 57
Views: 5,769
Posted By JohnM
The various Leica 90s are all good choices and...

The various Leica 90s are all good choices and some of the older ones are available for much less than $500. (I have a 1960-ish Elmarit and it's quite nice...cost $165.) The Voigtlander 90 is one of...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-04-2006
Replies: 30
Views: 3,818
Posted By JohnM
I really do not want to sell anything, but since...

I really do not want to sell anything, but since I literally do not have a lens wider than 40mm, I'm going to have to in order to fit the M8 and a 28 or 35 in.

I will likely part with a Canon 35/1.4...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-03-2006
Replies: 124
Views: 57,964
Posted By JohnM
You're right - not all services are available to...

You're right - not all services are available to all countries. (e.g. you cannot insure a parcel to the Phillipines.) But Japan is one of the countries where nearly a full range of services are...
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